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2019 Agenda

Take a look at the innovative presentations and expert speakers that made Specialty Papers US 2019 a success!

Pre-Conference Workshop: Mon., Sep. 30

Workshop: The Specialty Paper Industry – An Insight Into an Evolving and Important Sector of the Paper Industry

The specialty paper industry continues to develop and change in line with evolving end-use markets. This rapidly changing environment makes specialty paper one of the more interesting and creative sectors of the paper industry.

This workshop is designed to provide an overview and insight into the specialty paper sector and to act as a primer for those new to the sector.

It will address the following topics:

  • Global factors and influences that will shape future development of the specialty papers business
  • The specialty paper sector’s position in the context of the overall paper industry
  • The specialty paper market
  • Key end-use markets
  • Future products
  • Important criteria for success in the specialty paper sector
  1. Registration Opens

  2. Presentation - Part I

    Dr. Graham Moore | Strategic Consultant of Smithers

  3. Networking Break

  4. Presentation – Part II

    Dr. Graham Moore | Strategic Consultant of Smithers

  5. End of Workshop

Day 1: Tues. Oct. 1

Registration Begins and Opening Remarks

  1. Registration Opens

  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Rebbeca List, Associate Conference Producer, Smithers | TAPPI Update

    Opening remarks by Rebbeca List, Associate Conference Producer, Smithers

    TAPPI Update

Session I: Market Overview and Trends in Specialty Papers

Moderator: Dr. Graham Moore – Consultant, Smithers Pira

  1. Setting the Scene

    Dr. Graham Moore | Strategic Consultant of Smithers

    This presentation will address implications for the specialty papers sector.

  2. Emerging Trends in Specialty Papers

    Clay Enos | Senior Consultant of Fisher International

    This presentation will explore market data on emerging trends within the specialty papers market and highlight growing trends in the sustainability sector.

  3. Trends in Food and Beverage Packaging

    Markku Hämäläinen | CEO of Kotkamills Oy, Finland

    Plastic waste discussion has hit the fan during the last two years, and disposable cups have been a big part of it. 1/3 of the disposable cup volume is plastic coated paper cups, and 2/3 is 100% plastic cups. The general trends is to ban all of the 100% plastic cups and reduce the usage of plastic coated cups. So far, the answer of the paper industry is to boost the usage of bio-based plastic as the coating material. However, even if we don’t want to think about this threat, it will not take long before the general public starts asking questions about the difference between bio-based and oil-based (PE) plastics when it comes to the recycling and biodegrading properties of the final product in real life circumstances instead of lab conditions.

    With a multi-layer dispersion coating structure, it is possible to produce easily recyclable and biodegradable board for paper cup products, which are also suitable for most of the end use areas where only 100% plastic cups are being used today. Multilayering offers simultaneous barrier properties against many different liquids/materials like alcohol, where only 100% plastic disposable cups have been used. This opportunity to take the remaining 2/3 of the disposable cup market offers huge potential for the paper industry and has a significant impact on the amount of plastic waste.

  4. Networking Break with Refreshments

Session II: Emerging Applications and Developments

Moderator: Dr. Graham Moore – Consultant, Smithers

  1. Application Developments and Sustainable Innovations

    Adrianne Tipton | Sr. Vice President, Innovation of Novolex

    This presentation will discuss:

    • Current market trends and legislation around packaging and paper impacts
    • New paper developments that address some of these trends
    • Challenges and future outlook
  2. Brightness for the Future – Making Printability Better

    Mika Hotti | Business Director & Global Key Account Management Paper - Business Line Silica of Evonik

    Specialty silicate pigments are an important tool in the papermakers’ hands for improving paper optics and printability, shifting a particular grade of paper to higher value-added segment and simply improving the overall cost structure of given quality. Our solution is a sodium magnesium aluminosilicate synthesized in an acid / base neutralization reaction, and it will be introduced in this talk. You can learn about the ability of this solution to remarkably increase paper opacity and brightness, as well as to impart a desired blueish-white shade, resulting in improved visual appearance to thin printing papers. This solution is the only pigment which also increases bulk and stiffness, and this results in a reduced need for chemical pulp in fine papers and white-top board. At the end, this results in a significant cost saving.

    Evonik silicate solutions for the paper market are also engineered to provide superior performance by improving quality and generating cost savings by a partial or even total replacement of TiO2.

  3. Networking Lunch

Session III: Innovations in Specialty Papers

Moderator: Tom Rodencal, President, Tom Rodencal & Associates

  1. Development of More Sustainable Barrier Technology for Packaging

    Jim Fogg | Business Development Manager, Barrier Coatings of Solenis

    When did you last purchase something that was not in a package? How did the design, graphics, or functional properties of the package influence your buying decision? Did you consider the origin and cost of the packaging materials or where the packaging would end up?

    Sustainability is more than a slogan; ignore it and something important will be in short supply. The paper industry has much to be proud of; its wood and plant-based fiber solutions are some of the most sustainable and ecologically responsible. We have innovative ways to impart a wide variety of functional and barrier properties to an array of paperboard grades and paper-based flexible packaging – but not without consequences.

    Plastics are robust and versatile. Formed into packaging or combined with paper or board, plastics are wonderful. Unfortunately, some of the very properties that make plastics so wonderful are creating problems in the environment. Thus, we are developing barrier technologies from sustainable, raw materials that deliver the required performance while being significantly more recyclable, re-pulpable, and compostable than polyethylene (PE), polylactic acid (PLA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), paraffin wax, and perfluorocarbon (PFC). 

    We are utilizing vegetable oils and unique micro-encapsulation technology to create more sustainable barrier systems. We will briefly introduce our novel technology and present a case for its application in cup stock board and in paper-based flexible packaging. In each case, we will discuss how we achieve functional 

  2. Answering the Call of the Marketplace

    Jeff Stacy | Market Segment Manager of Cascades-Sonoco

    Additional Presenter: Yvon Mongrain, Technical Director, Cascades-Sonoco

    Presenters will discuss the commercial deployment of a water-based functional coating solution providing new applications in eco-friendly packaging, including recyclable, repulpable, and compostable containers. This technology is the result of listening to customers, listening to consumers, listening to the marketplace, and then working to create something that solves a problem and fills a need.

  3. Plastic-Free Packaging Solutions of the Future

    Heli Kuorikoski | technology Centre Director of Metsä Board

    Consumers and brand owners are looking for ways to reduce plastic waste and find alternatives to plastic. The most visible sign of the problem is that every year, a million tons of plastic litter end up in the oceans. These concerns have driven the European Union, national decision makers, and private businesses to take action. EU Plastics Strategy was introduced in 2018 with the aim to address the challenges throughout the value chain: to make plastic more sustainable, to improve recycling and prevent littering, and to promote plastic-free alternatives.

    This big ambition to reduce the plastic packaging waste ending up in nature is also having an impact on the packaging industry, where more and more companies are working to innovate new recyclable and/or plastic-free packaging solutions.

    An important thing to remember is the basic task of packaging – to protect the product. The actual total climate effect of the package is small compared to the product inside. For example, in food, the majority of the impact comes from the packed food, and therefore it is of utmost importance to avoid food waste, and to ensure that the food will be consumed and nothing goes to waste.

    One way to address the plastic challenges is to improve recycling. In Europe, paper and board is the leading and most recycled packaging material. Recycling rates of paper and paperboard packaging are double compared to the current plastic packaging recycling rates.

    Metsä Board is working on non-plastic barrier board solutions that are recyclable and lightweight, providing alternatives to plastics in food and food service uses requiring barrier properties.

    Case examples include replacing plastic with paperboard in fresh foods, dry foods, food service, and frozen food packaging solutions, as well as case examples about climate effect of plastic vs. cartonboard packaging of cherry tomatoes.

  4. Leading the Transition to a Renewable, Bio-Based Economy

    Gary Robinson | CEO/Principal Consultant of SYNAPTIC Packaging

    A bio-based economy – is that even possible? In this brief talk, we will explore the vision, the opportunities, and challenges. More importantly, we will look at how the fiber industry can take a leadership role to drive this vision.

  5. Networking Break with Refreshments

Session IV: Advancements in Specialty Paper Coatings and Barriers

Moderator: Tom Rodencal, President, Tom Rodencal & Associates

  1. Cellulose Nanomaterials as a Sustainable Barrier Material for Packaging Applications

    Jeffrey P. Youngblood, Ph.D. | Professor of Materials Engineering of Purdue University

    Cellulose Nanomaterials (CN) are attractive materials for possible applications in nanocomposites reinforcement, nanomaterials, and biomedicine, as they are high in strength and stiffness, yet are renewable, biodegradable, non-toxic, cheap, and optically transparent. This presentation will introduce CN and why they may be interesting for packaging applications. Specifically, the barrier properties of CN (OTR, CO2TR, WVTR) will be explored and our efforts to process CN in industrially relevant ways to take advantage of the beneficial properties will be detailed. Thus, we provide new elements to understand the interconnection among preparation variables towards optimal CN materials design.

  2. The Use of Microfibrillated Cellulose in Barrier Coating Applications

    Jonathan Phipps | Principal Scientist of FiberLean

    FiberLean Technologies have developed a unique process to convert a mixture of paper pulp and particulate materials into a microfibrillated cellulose (MFC)/mineral composite. The use of this material to enhance the strength, optical, and surface properties of paper or paperboard, and to increase its mineral filler loading, is well established. To date, the company has built four satellite plants at paper mills, making the composite on-site for both graphic paper and packaging grades, including those certified for food contact.

                In all of these commercial applications, MFC is added directly to the paper furnish, and it greatly reduces the air permeability (Bendtsen porosity) of the sheet. In most cases, it also improves the surface smoothness. The reduction in porosity in particular improves coating holdout; this has been shown to provide a key economic benefit in graphic paper grades, as it has enabled the papermaker to lower coatweight and reduce the use of polymer latex binder whilst still maintaining all of the important coating properties.

                The use of water-based barrier coatings in place of laminated polymer layers has been a goal of the packaging industry for several years. In order to achieve the necessary barrier properties at an economically viable coatweight, holdout of the coating and minimization of the number of defects and imperfections in it are critical, so the benefits of adding MFC to the sheet are evident.

                An alternative way of adding MFC to paper is to apply it as a coating. However, since MFC suspensions have very high viscosity even at solids contents of a few percent, only very low coatweights can be applied with conventional coating techniques such as the metered size press. We have been developing a method to apply a coating of the FiberLean MFC/mineral composite immediately after the wet line of a paper machine in order to be able to generate sufficient coatweight. Even though the paper is still 90% water at this point, the MFC prevents the coating from penetrating the sheet, and by applying it in this way, existing vacuum and pressing elements on the machine can remove the added water. We have demonstrated that this can be done at realistic speeds in trials on fast pilot machines.

                Coatings of MFC have better moisture barrier properties than paper, but these are still insufficient for most applications, particularly in humid conditions. However, the oil and grease resistance of MFC-based coatings can be excellent. Where moisture barrier is needed, an MFC coating applied at the wet end can form an excellent precoat for a conventional barrier coating, which we demonstrate with a combination of laboratory and pilot-scale data.

  3. Closing Remarks, Networking Reception Begins

Day 2: Wed. Oct. 2

Registration Begins and Opening Remarks

  1. Registration Opens

  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Rebbeca List, Associate Conference Producer, Smithers

Session V: Implications in Sustainable End-of-Life Solutions for Specialty Papers

Moderator: Paige Goff , VP of Sustainability, Domtar

  1. Sustaining Recycling in a Changing World

    Lynn Morgan | Manager of Public Affairs of Waste Management

    Massive shifts in consumer habits are revolutionizing what you buy and discard. At the same time, global markets for recycled materials are constricting. How is recycling evolving to keep pace? And why is Waste Management confident that recycling is here to stay?

  2. Opportunities and Developments in Compostable Packaging for Food Service

    Emily Williams | Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy of Michelman

    A global cultural shift to an on-the-go lifestyle has caused a significant increase in consumers eating outside of the home. This causes nearly everyone to come into contact with food service packaging on a daily basis.

    As we look to innovate a more sustainable future for our planet and develop packaging products that work within the Circular Economy framework, food service packaging presents us with a few challenges. Most food service packaging items contaminated with food will not be accepted by recyclers, so innovations have shifted to focus on compostable packaging.

    The development of compostable solutions for food service packaging faces a unique set of challenges from varying regional market needs, regulations, economics, raw material choices, and infrastructure availability. We will discuss what potential solutions may look like in this complex global landscape.

  3. A Closed Loop Fiber Future: Developing a Sustainable, Circular Supply Chain

    Michele Bartolini | Senior Marketing Director, Canada and U.S. of Sustana

    Containers and packaging comprise nearly a quarter of the material reaching U.S. landfills. With the expected continued growth in packaging, consumers and sustainable companies will continue to demand a transition from packaging material disposition to packaging material recycling and re-use. Systemic change to material sourcing of fiber is needed and coming. The breadth of packaging materials made with recycled fibers from post-consumer material continues to expand. Today, food grade packaging made with post-consumer content is growing rapidly. The shift toward re-use of post-consumer packaging materials for reincorporation into food grade packaging is now a reality as post-consumer packaging materials are emerging as effective, sustainable alternatives. We will discuss active initiatives to close the loop in fiber-based packaging and near-term opportunities and challenges for further development of a circular supply chain.

  4. Networking Break with Refreshments

Session VI: Developments in Process Solutions

Moderator: Paige Goff, VP of Sustainability, Domtar

  1. Nanocellulose in Specialty and Packaging Paper

    Jack Miller | Founder and Principal Consultant of Biobased Markets, USA

    Nanocellulose base sheet additives and coatings provide improved strength and barrier, as well as enable cost reduction, not only through lightweighting but also through the use of more filler and lower cost fibers. Industry sources report that mills from North America to Europe and Asia are putting thousands of tons of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) in their paper and paperboard production. This presentation will explore developments with nanocellulose in packaging and specialty papers. It will include research highlights, the state of the industry, as well as the status of commercial development. I will conclude with a discussion of the outlook to 2025.

  2. Innovation in Surface Treatment Application – Tool for Quickly Developing New Paper Grades

    Kim “Will” Robinson, Ph.D. | Founder and Chief Solutions Officer of Process Solutions Group

    Market demand for product innovations requires quicker translating of lab results to on-machine assessments. Speed-to-market is increasing and requires that we take new approaches. We've found that spray booms can be creatively and effectively used in only 60-second machine trials to assess applied treatment ranges, penetration depth, and chemical demands, thus quickly establishing cost for performance. These results drive design for permanent but flexible installations of spray booms in the dry-end, open areas in the dryer section and at accessible press section locations. This approach provides the technologist and papermaker with an additional tool to respond to the demands of ever-changing markets.

  3. Networking Lunch

Session VII: Securing Paper and Pulp Production Chemicals

Moderator: Steve Ottone – Technical Service Manager, Omya

  1. Protecting Pulp and Paper Production Facilities with Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

    Scott Gearen | Chemical Security Inspector of Department of Homeland Security

    The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) is a program that identifies and regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have security measures in place to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack associated with more than 300 chemicals of interest (COI). Pulp, paper, and paper conversion facilities use a wide variety of chemicals, many of which are regulated by CFATS for various security issues. If held in specified quantities and concentrations, these chemicals trigger reporting requirements under CFATS. The program currently regulates approximately 3,000 high-risk facilities. This presentation will explain the CFATS program and how these standards can apply to pulp and paper facilities.

Session VIII: Sustainable Packaging Dynamics

Moderator: Steve Ottone – Technical Service Manager, Omya

  1. Panel Discussion

    • Jeff Leitinger – Global Technical Service and Development Manager Paper Coatings, The Dow Chemical Company
    • Susan Thoman – Principal and Managing Director, Compost Manufacturing Alliance, LLC
    • Lynn Morgan – Manager of Public Affairs, Waste Management
    • Emily Williams – Global Growth Platform Leader, Circular Economy, Michelman
    • Gary Robinson – Principal Consultant, SYNAPTIC Packaging
    • Michele Bartolini – Senior Marketing Director, Canada and U.S., Sustana
  2. End of Conference, Closing Remarks and Farewell

    Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Omya

    Closing Remarks from Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Omya